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Abstract Views

Competition 18 - Category

About Abstract Views

Whether infrared, innovative use of light, or a special lens, Abstract Views is about tapping into a different side of plants and gardens using abstract photography. It's time to enter a parallel world of artistic expression with limitless possibilities. Judges will be looking for the way in which a special technique elevates the message of that particular green subject. People should not be the main focus of your compositions.


Previous winners tended to choose one abstract photography technique and execute it perfectly. These photographic techniques included: overlaid images, multiple exposures, intentional movement, infrared, modified lenses, shooting through glass and digital textures. Although abstract photography can seem overwhelmingly complex with too much choice, try experimenting with different techniques then pick the most effective one for the feeling you want to communicate.

Wider benefits

It's good to see the world differently and with Abstract Views you have the opportunity to hone skills in abstract photography as well as creative communication. Challenge yourself to use a new technique or tool and develop a unique individual style for garden, plant, nature and abstract photography in general.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

By entering this category, one of your images stands a chance to win the overall IGPOTY title and prize of £4,000!
IGPOTY award certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Second prize:

IGPOTY award certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Third prize:

IGPOTY award certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Entry Benefits

Exposure, international press coverage, prestigious abstract photography category for gardens, plants and green spaces, opportunities for growth and feedback, become a stakeholder in conservation, cultivate your skills, reinforce or launch your photographic career.


General rules:

  • You may not submit watermarked images with your name or website visible on the photo. Please do not frame your images with borders.
  • Entrants may submit a maximum of 4 images per single entry token and a maximum of 6 images per portfolio entry token.
  • For free-to-enter competitions you should enter 1 image per token given, up to a maximum of 8 images (8 tokens).
  • Entrants' images must be .jpg or .jpeg format and of high enough quality.
  • We recommend all images are output to 1920px on their longest side at 72 ppi (ideally with an sRGB colour profile). Any larger than this and you are supplying images bigger than they will be seen or used by IGPOTY judges; your files will take longer to upload and/or download to judges and viewers’ screens.
  • The absolute maximum for each image must not be more than 7MB in file size and no more than 3000px on their longest side.
  • All entrants must be able to supply a high-res image (300 ppi) suitable for printing/exhibiting should the image be shortlisted. You may be asked for this when the time comes.


  • High-res source file/s need to be at least 3780 pixels (longest side) @ 300 ppi, ideally larger (and ideally with an Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile).

Full competition rules:

Please see the IGPOTY competition rules, which always prevail:

Category rules:

People should not be the main focus of your images.

IGPOTY runs juried competitions based on skill.

Only singular entries from 'Single Entry' main pay-to-enter categories can win the overall IGPOTY prize. Entries from 'Photo Projects' (stand-alone competitions) cannot win the overall IGPOTY prize, neither can portfolios, which will be judged as part of the IGPOTY 'Portfolios' competition category which is stand-alone. Special Awards are not eligible for the overall IGPOTY prize and are stand-alone.

Please see IGPOTY competition rules for full terms, which always prevail.

Competition details

Online submissions
Entry start date:
January 26, 2024
Closing date:
October 31, 2024, 12 noon GMT
Cost of entry:
£16 (Single Entry Slots x 4)

How do I enter?

Please use the large, red-outlined 'ENTER NOW' button on this page.

For help please visit our Frequently-Asked-Questions page.

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